3 Things I Learned From Moving Our Homestead

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A couple of weeks ago, we moved our entire homestead.

Household items, animals, garage/barn items, compost, and my raised bed gardens. Whew.

What. An. Experience.

It was fun, exhausting, and educational.

Here are the top 3 things I learned from moving our homestead!

1. We have a lot of stuff.

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I mean, I thought I was a minimalist, but apparently we have still managed to collect a lot of stuff. Admittedly, the majority of the stuff is useful, or it doesn’t belong to me, but still, we needed to do some cutting down. Thus far, there have been SEVERAL trips to the Goodwill, after which, I have driven away with much glee and delight to be rid of a couple more boxes!

*Note the photo bombing chicken.

2. Chicken Coops are heavy. VERY heavy.

Especially when they are made for a large flock of chickens. Wow. Matthew and my dad did some serious heavy lifting to get this moved by themselves. The best part was maneuvering the enormous trailer back through the woods, in the dark,  to get to where the chicken coop needed to be. A few trees were definitely cut down in the process!

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3. We are so lucky we were only moving 10 miles away.

I can’t imagine moving across the country. Or even just a state or two away! The packing would have had to be reduced to just the most necessary house and garage items. Forget about chicken coops, garden beds, and compost! I am so thankful we only had a short distance to move, and were able to bring a lot of the things we had worked hard for. (There was no way I was leaving behind that lovely black garden dirt and compost I had been working on for a few years!)

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How about you? Have you ever moved more than just household/garage items?


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9 responses to “3 Things I Learned From Moving Our Homestead”

  1. Abbi says:

    I can so relate!! We also moved this summer. Are move was also around 10 miles- and I too am thankful it wasn’t more. We didn’t move the chicken coop but it was thought about. We did move chickens though currently they are still at my parents (where they were moved too) as we try to get our coop done. We also moved bee hives (after extracting the week of moving) and other various homestead equipment. I wish I would have managed to get more of my perennials thinned and moved but we did some so I am thankful for that anyway. Moving is a lot of work but hopefully it will be worth it in the end!

    • Angi says:

      I agree Abbi! I think it is totally worth it to move everything! Glad someone else can relate to all the work though. 🙂

      • Gerri G says:

        I am in Texas but bought a little 4 acre and home retirement place in Fentress Tn. I am living with boxes now as I am trying to pare down for the move. I currently live in a subdivision and gave my chickens away in an attempt to sell my home. ( I planted more grass) I see gardens and chickens and I so want out of here yesterday.

  2. daisy says:

    We have an upcoming move when we sell our home. We’ll be moving a few states away, so it’ll be tough, but well worth it. Glad you got it all done! Thanks for sharing on this week’s Maple Hill Hop!

  3. JES says:

    Boy have we moved and quite a distance… but that story is better told on another day! That is wonderful that you were at least going local though the work is considerably the same but with less travel time… Hope your new homestead is a blessing to you and your family! Thanks for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week 🙂

  4. Lady Locust says:

    When I was still at home (8th grd.) we moved from Calif. to Oregon & not just hopping across the border. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies & had friends drive a stock truck with the sheep and equipment. Dad and brother were in a pickup with trailer & horses and dogs. Mom and I were in a pick up with horse trailer full of household ‘stuff.’ I had a cat in a crate under my feet and one next to me on the seat of the pick up:)
    Ah what fond memories.

  5. K says:

    26 years ago we moved 600 miles from Wisconsin To Southwest Missouri. Besides 2 of the largest trucks that Ryder makes, we also moved with 10 cats, 3 dogs, 2 geese, 2 horses and 6 goats. What an experience, especially when the brakes on the horse trailer decided to go out when my husband was driving, and the horse trailer wanted to push his pickup down a winding curve while he was trying to change interstate lanes out of St. Louis. I decided then and there, that would be the last move we would make!

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